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[Subterm of Acupuncture]

Moxibustion treatment is complementary to acupuncture. Moxibustion refers to the burning of the dried and powered leaves of Artemisia vulgaris. Its action produces heat that penetrates deeply affecting the flow of Chi. Moxibustion can be applied in many ways. Direct moxa involves burning a small amount of moxa, directly on the skin. Indirect moxibustion involves the insertion of a mediating substance between the moxa and the patient’s skin. Popular substances include ginger or garlic slices. During pole moxa, a cigar-shaped roll of moxa wrapped in paper is used to gently warm the acupuncture point without touching the skin. The warm needle method is accomplished by first inserting a needle into the point and then placing moxa on its handle.